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November 8, 2013
UPDATE: Police report missing Elk Grove man found safe

Donald Dolbee.jpgElk Grove police report that a 74-year-old man who went missing Thursday has been found and is safe.

Donald Dolbee (pictured), who suffers from dementia, had last been seen about noon Thursday at Elk Grove Boulevard and Bruceville Road, near a Carl's Jr. restaurant. He got out of a vehicle that his wife was driving and walked away, according to a Police Department news release. He was reported missing today after he failed to return home.

Police said Dolbee suffers from medical conditions requiring medication.

November 8, 2013
Elk Grove man sentenced for debit card, student loan fraud

An Elk Grove man has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for schemes involving debit card and student loan fraud.

Mordechay Altit, 34, pleaded guilty in August to two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. He was sentenced today in federal court Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell.

According to court documents, Altit applied for debit cards issued by banks or other providers using his name or the names and Social Security numbers of other people. He then used merchant and terminal identification numbers issued to merchants and businesses nationwide to cause fraudulent refunds and credits to be placed on the debit cards he controlled. Before the businesses could rescind these transactions, Altit used the cards to spend and transfer the money. Authorities said Altit attempted to have at least $450,000 in fraudulent merchant returns credited to his debit cards.

October 29, 2013
Elk Grove police warn of motorist trying to lure teenagers

The Elk Grove Police Department is warning residents to beware of a man who reportedly tried to lure teenagers to his vehicle on at least four occasions in recent weeks.

The first incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 as a 13-year-old boy was walking in the area of Darley Way and Toscano Drive. A vehicle pulled up next to him, and the male driver attempted to engage the boy in conversation. When the boy did not respond, the man drove away, according to a Police Department news release.

The next two incidents occurred Oct. 16. At 10 a.m., a 13-year-old girl was walking in the area of Whitelock Parkway and Schuler Ranch Road when a vehicle pulled up next to her. The driver attempted to engage her in conversation, and when the girl continued walking, the vehicle pulled ahead of her into a parking lot, police said. The girl then turned around and ran away.

October 23, 2013
Woman killed in Elk Grove hit and run accident identified

The woman who was killed in a hit and run accident in Elk Grove early Tuesday morning has been identified.

The Sacramento Coroner's Office identified her as Ann Babetta Vavrick, 62, of Elk Grove.

At 2:09 a.m. Tuesday, Elk Grove police had received a call of a woman sitting on different sides of the road of Stockton Boulevard, north of Sheldon Road.

When officers arrived, they found Vavrick lying on the ground in the middle of a northbound lane of Stockton Boulevard. She had apparently been hit by a vehicle which had left the scene. She was pronounced dead onsite.

Elk Grove police are still searching for the hit and run vehicle and are asking for the public's help in locating it. It was not known what type of vehicle it was, but it would have damage to the undercarriage.

Anyone with information on the accident should call Elk Grove police's traffic division at (916) 478-8148.

October 22, 2013
Woman killed in hit and run accident in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police are asking for the public's help in locating the driver involved in a fatal hit and run accident on Stockton Boulevard near Sheldon Road early Tuesday.

A 62-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this point, we do not have any idea of what type of vehicle struck her, and we don't have any eye witnesses to the actual collision," said Officer Chris Trim, spokesman for Elk Grove police.

October 19, 2013
Man who led police on high speed chase identified

The man who allegedly led police on a high speed chase from Rancho Cordova to Elk Grove Friday night has been identified as Kevin Allen Metcalf, 26, authorities said.

The episode started in Rancho Cordova when Allen, driving a blue Prius, pointed a handgun at motorists he had engaged in a verbal argument, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

Allen is being charged multiple felony and misdemeanor counts that include reckless driving and evading police.

October 16, 2013
Man killed when trying to retrieve belongings on freeway is identified

A man who was killed when struck by a car while he was trying to retrieve his dropped belongings on Highway 99 has been identified by the coroner's office.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office website listed the motorist as Hien Van Tran, 45, of Elk Grove.

Tran's death occurred at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, according to the website.

October 11, 2013
Cops seek tips to benefit Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers in the Sacramento area will be serving in a different capacity Saturday, working as waiters and waitresses at Red Robin restaurants and collecting tips to support Special Olympics.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. as part of the Tip-A-Cop event at four Red Robin locations: 360 Palladio Parkway, No. 410 in Folsom; 1184 Galleria Blvd. in Roseville; 751 E Joiner Parkway in Lincoln; and 7990 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

Members of the Elk Grove Police Department will volunteer their services from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Red Robin at 8245 Laguna Blvd., Elk Grove.

October 7, 2013
Elk Grove police offer free catalytic converter etching Sunday

The Elk Grove Police Department and Jiffy Lube will team up to conduct a free catalytic converter etching event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

During the "Etch and Catch" event at Jiffy Lube, 9611 Auto Center Drive in Elk Grove, vehicle owners can have their vehicle's license plate number etched on the catalytic converter. The etching may deter thieves from stealing the converter, according to a Police Department news release. License plate numbers on catalytic converters also provide law enforcement officers with information needed to identify stolen property, contact victims and apprehend criminals.

The Etch and Catch event is open people from all communities and no appointment is necessary. The service will be provided on a first-come, first served basis.

September 20, 2013
Gunfire ends attempted repossession of car in Elk Grove

An Elk Grove neighborhood was rattled early Friday morning when police said a man fired a shot into the air to stop the repossession of his car.

Elk Grove police were called at about 3 a.m. to the 9200 block of Maple View Way, near Laguna Boulevard and Bruceville Road, where a man with a tow truck was trying to repossess a 2013 Nissan Altima.

Elk Grove police officer Chris Trim said the owner of the car exited the residence and discharged a handgun into the air. The tow truck driver then drove away.

September 16, 2013
Man reported injured after jumping from van in Elk Grove, police say

Elk Grove police report that a man with developmental disabilities was critically injured this afternoon when he jumped out of a van that was traveling on Bond Road near Crowell Drive.

Police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said police responded to a call at 2:28 p.m. A white passenger van owned by a private firm that transports people with physical or developmental disabilities was eastbound on Bond Road when the passenger in the front seat, a man in his 50s, reportedly unbuckled his seat belt, opened the door and jumped out of the vehicle.

Trim said the man struck the roadway and suffered major head trauma. He was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. It does not appear that the van struck the man, Trim said, rather the man's injuries were sustained in the fall from the vehicle.

Other passengers were in the van, but no one else was injured and no other vehicles were involved.

September 13, 2013
Elk Grove police report missing girls found safe

Zuri Hurtz.jpgAsia Smith.jpgBarbara Smith.jpgThree young girls who were reported missing in Elk Grove have been found.

Elk Grove police reported that Zuri Hurtz (top left photo) , 8, Asia Smith, 10, (top right), and Barbara Smith (bottom), 10, are OK and will be reunited with their family. They were considered at risk because of their age.

The girls apparently left a residence in the 9000 block of Willowberry Way about 11 a.m. They were reported missing to law enforcement at 5:45 p.m., according to a Police Department news release. According to an area resident, they had last been seen in the 8100 block of Laguna Brook Way, walking westbound about 2 p.m.

Police activated their reverse 911 system, making phone calls to residents asking them to be on the lookout for the missing children.

September 3, 2013
DUI crackdown results in 400 arrests in Sacramento County

An 18-day DUI crackdown has resulted in more than 400 arrests in Sacramento County.

The summer-Labor Day effort composed of sobriety checkpoints, special squad car saturation patrols and routine patrols resulted in at least 405 people being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between Aug. 16 and Monday.

During a similar effort last year, 442 DUI arrests were made. No DUI deaths occurred this year, compared to five alcohol-related deaths in 2012.

A total of 17 county law enforcement agencies participated in the effort. Other anti-DUI crackdowns are planned for around Halloween and Thanksgiving.

August 16, 2013
UPDATE: Motorcylist dies in collision with van in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police are investigating a collision between a motorcycle and a van this morning in which a 52-year-old motorcyclist died.

Officers were called to the 8200 block of Laguna Boulevard at 7:55 a.m. and found that a minivan making a left turn from a designated turn lane on Laguna Boulevard had collided with a motorcycle that was westbound on Laguna, according to a Police Department news release. The motorcyclist was thrown from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. He has not been identified pending notification of family.

The driver of the minivan was not injured.

Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8148.

August 15, 2013
Placer, Elk Grove programs offer behind-scene look at law enforcement

Placer County and Elk Grove residents interested in gaining insight to law enforcement in their respective communities can sign up for citizens academies.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office will offer its eight-session Community Awareness Academy beginning Sept. 4 and concluding Sept. 30. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from members of the department's special units and take field trips to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center and air operations hangar.

Classes, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County sheriff's headquarters, 2929 Richardson Drive, in the Dewitt Center in north Auburn.

August 15, 2013
Elk Grove woman headed to prison for mortgage fraud scheme

Hoda Samuel, an Elk Grove real estate broker, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme that caused more than $5.5 million in loss.

Samuel, 62, owned and operated the real estate agency Liberty Real Estate & Investment Co. and Liberty Mortgage Co., according to evidence presented during her trial in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. The government presented evidence of 30 fraudulent sales transactions between April 5, 2006, and Feb. 26, 2007. She was the real estate agent for the buyer in 29 of the home sales, and in at least 15, she also represented the seller.

Each transaction involved false statements on loan applications in order for unqualified buyers to qualify for the loans, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. These included false statements about income, employment and rental history.

August 14, 2013
Man dead after forklift accident identified

The man who died after being pinned under a forklift early Tuesday is Armando Estrada, a 42-year-old resident of Sacramento.

Estrada was operating a forklift that had rolled over, trapping him at about 3 a.m. at Elk Grove Milling on Eschinger Road. Hours later, officials confirmed that the accident resulted in a fatality.

August 1, 2013
Saturday crackdown on motorcycle traffic violations in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police plan to assign extra officers on Saturday to look out for traffic violations by motorcyclists.

The special enforcement is an effort to cut down on deaths and injuries from motorcycle crashes. Last year, Elk Grove police investigated 24 motorcycle-involved injury crashes.

Five of the crashes involved motorcyclists who were driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, according to a police department press release.

State crash data indicates that the primary causes of motorcycle crashes are speeding, unsafe turning and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The police department also asks drivers of other types of vehicles to watch out for motorcyclists, especially when turning or changing lanes.

July 24, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to kidnapper who hid girl at Elk Grove church?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the man who kidnapped a girl and hid her for a period of time? It was about 10 to 15 years ago.
Submitted by: Curious, Sacramento

ANSWER: Kenneth Alvin Michel, a man who suffered from hearing and speech impairments as well as other physical and emotional ills, was sentenced to 62 years and four months in prison for the kidnapping of two girls and the attempted kidnapping of a third.

July 18, 2013
Elk Grove propane storage plant to use flares tonight

Moving to head off any concerns among area residents and passers-by, Cosumnes Fire Department officials announced that the Suburban Propane storage plant in Elk Grove will be using its "flare" system this evening.

The flare is a controlled burn of excess propane that is often visible from off-site locations, especially in twilight and darkness, according to a Fire Department news release. Although infrequent, the flare is part of the plant's routine operations and not an emergency situation, fire officials said.

July 18, 2013
Arson suspected in fire that destroys Elk Grove High storage units

A fire that destroyed two storage garages at Elk Grove High School early this morning is being investigated as arson, according to Cosumnes Fire Department officials.

Fire units responded at 2:44 a.m. to a report of a fire near the high school's football stadium. Firefighters arrived to find two approximately 15-by-15-foot garages burning, with fire spreading to a third structure.

The fire started in or around the western-most garage and spread east to the second and later the third garage, according to a Fire Department news release. The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes.

July 10, 2013
Huge marijuana bust carried out near Elk Grove

After two months of planning, investigators busted a large marijuana grow near Sacramento. Fox 40 reports.

July 2, 2013
UPDATE: Elk Grove police report missing man found safe

Angelito Cabaccang image006 (3).jpgElk Grove police report that a man reported missing earlier today and deemed at risk due to health issues has been found and is safe.

Police had sought the public's help in locating Angelito "Sam" Cabaccang (pictured), 48, who suffers from a brain injury that affects his memory and cognitive functions. Cabaccang also is diabetic and suffers from seizures, according to a Police Department news release.

He had last been seen about 6:30 this morning when he left his residence in the 9500 block of Hutton Drive to go for a walk.


June 20, 2013
Two injured, outbuildings destroyed in Elk Grove grass fire

Two people suffered minor injuries in a grass fire in the Elk Grove area that burned a barn and several outbuildings.

Chief Tracey Hansen of the Cosumes Fire Department said the fire was reported at 1:42 p.m. on Pleasant Grove School Road, east of Bradshaw Road, between Sheldon and Bond roads. A tractor that was mowing on the property caught fire, apparently due to a mechanical problem, and the fire spread to dry grass.

The fire burned about three acres. Hansen said the firefighting was complicated because the fire ran between three or four parcels with outbuildings, tractors and cars. Several sheds were destroyed and a large barn was damaged.

June 20, 2013
Four arrested, $2 million in marijuana seized in Elk Grove raid

By Bill Lindelof
blindelof@sacbee.com

Anthony Uasuarez mugshot.jpgJorge Vargas-Garcia mugshot.jpgJose Estrada mugshot.jpgRuben Garcia mugshot.jpgFour men have been arrested and $2 million in marijuana seized in a raid on a pot grow at the Stone Lakes preserve near Elk Grove.

In the raid on Tuesday, agents arrested Anthony Uasiarez (pictured top left), 34, and Ruben Guzman (bottom right), 18, both of Mexico, and Jorge Vargas Garcia (top right), 22, and Jose Estrada (bottom left), 23, both of Tulare County.

Agents seized more than 7,000 marijuana plants, 100 pounds of marijuana, two 12-guage shotguns and a handgun.

June 14, 2013
Fire official cites hidden perils in Elk Grove house fire

A firefighter suffered minor injuries Thursday night in a residential fire in Elk Grove that proved perilous for fire crews who discovered that roof supports had been compromised.

The Cosumnes Fire Department responded about 9:50 p.m. to a house at 8949 Adobe Valley Court. The house had been recently renovated and was vacant, awaiting the move-in of new residents, according to a Fire District news release.

Neighbors noticed a smell of smoke and, upon investigating, saw smoking coming from attic vents of the house.

June 14, 2013
UPDATE: Grass fire contained, traffic slow on Highway 99

The Cosumnes Fire Department reports that a brush and grass fire along southbound Highway 99, south of Eschinger Road, between Elk Grove and Galt has been contained. Traffic on the freeway, however, remains slow.

Return to www.sacbee.com for more details.

June 11, 2013
Bicyclist in fatal Elk Grove collision is identified

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the bicyclist who died of injuries suffered in a weekend collision with a pickup truck towing a trailer in Elk Grove.

He was identified as Michael Andrew Ball, 26, of Elk Grove.

The Chevrolet pickup with trailer collided with Ball riding outside the bike lane on Franklin High Road just south of Vilamoura Way about 11 p.m. Sunday, police said. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead at 1:30 a.m. Monday.

The driver of the pickup spoke with officers at the scene. The collision is under investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau.

June 10, 2013
Bicyclist dies from injuries in Elk Grove collision

A 25-year-old bicyclist died this morning of injuries suffered in a collision with a pickup truck towing a trailer in Elk Grove.

The Chevrolet pickup with trailer collided with the bicyclist riding outside the bike lane on Franklin High Road just south of Vilamoura Way about 11 p.m. Sunday. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead at 1:30 a.m. today.

The driver of the pickup spoke with officers at the scene. The collision is under investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau.

The identity of the bicyclist has not been released.

June 1, 2013
Explosion, fire reported at Elk Grove home

By Mark Glover
mglover@sacbee.com

Units of the Cosumnes Fire Department are on the scene of a reported explosion and fire at a two-story home in Elk Grove.

Officials said the fire began just before 7 p.m. in the garage of a home in the 9600 block of Glacier Creek Way, just north of Elk Grove Boulevard and Bradshaw Road.

The fire was reported to have been contained within minutes by fire crews.

May 29, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was driver arrested in death of Elk Grove jogger?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I believe in May 2010 or 2011, a young woman was killed by a truck that ran a stop light on Laguna Boulevard and Laguna Park Drive while she was on her morning run. Has there been any update on this case?
Submitted by: Juli, Sacramento

ANSWER: Teresa Hess, 54, of Elk Grove was fatally injured April 5, 2011, when she was struck by a pickup truck as she jogged across Laguna Boulevard.

May 28, 2013
More than 100 arrested for DUI in Sacramento County over holiday

Sacramento County law enforcement arrested 104 motorists for driving under the influence over the long Memorial Day holiday.

From early Friday morning to late Monday night, officers from 17 jurisdictions kept a watchful eye for drunk drivers. One sobriety checkpoint was set up, two special saturation patrols were mounted and officers on routine patrol were especially attentive to the problem of drunk drivers.

During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, 135 suspected drunk drivers were arrested. No DUI deaths were reported in Sacramento County either 2012 or 2013 Memorial Day weekend.

May 16, 2013
Elk Grove man charged with producing child-porn videos

Michael+Paul+Gibson.jpgA federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging an Elk Grove man with two counts of production and attempted production of child pornography.

Michael Gibson, 37, is accused of using minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to a sworn complaint filed May 3, in March, a computer at Gibson's residence was observed offering files of child pornography through an online file-sharing network. On May 1, law enforcement agents searched Gibson's house and found a hard drive that contained videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Also located were hidden-camera videos taken by Gibson in bathrooms in his house.

May 16, 2013
Free "Etch and Catch" catalytic converter event in Elk Grove

Motorists can have identification numbers etched onto the catalytic converters on their vehicles for free in Elk Grove next month.

The Elk Grove Police Department is partnering with Jiffy Lube to etch the license plate numbers onto catalytic converters at the "Etch and Catch" event. The effort takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 at Jiffy Lube, 9611 Auto Center Drive in Elk Grove.

The etched numbers may deter the taking of the air pollution control devices and can help law enforcement tie captured thieves to specific converter thefts.

Thieves caught with unetched catalytic converters often say they found the device or got it from an unnamed acquaintance, area police have said.

Thieves especially try to steal the emission control devices from Toyota Sequoias and Tundras, but also are drawn to other high-off-the-ground trucks and SUVs from other carmakers.

Thieves slide underneath and unbolt or saw off the converters and then sell them at metal recyclers.

May 11, 2013
UPDATE: Elk Grove firefighters quench blaze, discover marijuana-growing operation

Authorities have served a search warrant at the site of an apparent marijuana-growing operation -- a home that was destroyed by fire today, Elk Grove Police reported.

Elk Grove Police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said a woman who drove to the home has been arrested. Authorities plan to search a second location, he said, and more arrests could follow.

The fire was reported shortly after 11:30 a.m., and firefighters from both the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department and the Sacramento Fire Department responded.

"As they were putting out the fire, they discovered signs of a marijuana-growing operation," Trim said. "They called us."

The home in the 6000 block of Laguna Villa Way appeared to have been a rental house, Trim said.

May 6, 2013
Bank robber sought by Elk Grove police

Elk Grove.JPGElk Grove police need help in identifying a robber in a wide-brimmed hat who held up a bank last week.

Police said the man entered the River City Bank, 8923 Elk Grove Blvd., at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday and handed a note demanding money to a teller. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber left the bank.

He was last seen running west on Elk Grove Boulevard. The suspect is described as black man, 30 to 40 years old and six feet tall. He was wearing a tan hat, a white or tan long-sleeeved shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and white athletic shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police detectives at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Callers to Crime Alert may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

May 3, 2013
Elk Grove man accused of producing child pornography

Michael+Paul+Gibson.jpgA 37-year-old Elk Grove man was arrested today on suspicion of producing child pornography.

In March, a computer at the home of defendant Michael Gibson (pictured) was observed offering files of child pornography through an online file-sharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed today.

On Wednesday, agents with the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched Gibson's house, where they located a hard drive that contained videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to federal Department of Justice news release. Also located during the search were hidden-camera videos allegedly taken by Gibson in bathrooms at his house, authorities said. The hidden-camera videos showed children using the toilet and shower in those bathrooms.

May 2, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What's latest in case of Elk Grove man accused in Ponzi scheme?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I was wondering if you had any information about the Ponzi scheme case against Chris Jackson?
Submitted by: Conrad, Sacramento

ANSWER:The case of Christopher Jackson, one of five Sacramento-area residents charged in September 2011 in a $26 million real estate fraud scheme, remains in federal court in Sacramento.

May 2, 2013
Elk Grove residents accused of growing marijuana in area homes

Two Elk Grove residents have been charged with indoor marijuana cultivation.

A federal grand jury returned a five-count superseding indictment charging Mitchell Chang, 45, and Kelly Liang, 35, with multiple counts of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and manufacturing of marijuana, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, in 2008 and again in 2013, Chang and Liang maintained multiple Elk Grove-area homes where they cultivated, manufactured and processed more than 700 marijuana plants.

The case resulted from a joint investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

April 26, 2013
UPDATE: Teenager reported injured in shooting at Elk Grove park

Elk Grove police are investigating a shooting in which an 18-year-old man that injured.

Police spokesman officer Christopher Trim said officers responded about 4:45 p.m. to reports of shots fired at Kunsting Park. When they arrived, they were told that some type of shooting had occurred on the west side of the park, but officers were unable to find a victim.

They then learned that a victim had been transported by a private vehicle to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Trim said the suspect has been described only as a white adult male. No information was available regarding a motive for the shooting.

April 24, 2013
Elk Grove businessman arrested on suspicion of defrauding state

An Elk Grove business owner has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft after Caltrans staff discovered what is believed to be fraudulent invoices.

Eric B. Hodgson, 43, was booked into Sacramento County Jail today. Paperwork, business records and computers were seized.

He was arrested following a state Department of Justice investigation that was sparked by Caltrans staff discovering invoices for print advertisements that the state believes never ran in newspapers as promised.

April 8, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1996 Laguna Creek slaying?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: I am trying to find an article about an old friend that died on Aug. 29, 1996. His name was Florentino Mayorga Jr., "Tino". I wanted to know if they ever found how he died and if anyone was ever convicted.
Submitted by: Nicole, Sacramento

ANSWER:Trevor James Heard and Fernando George Loya were found guilty of second-degree murder in the August 1996 slaying of 20-year-old Florentino Mayorga.

March 14, 2013
Elk Grove, Sacramento properties involved in alleged mortgage fraud scheme

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned a 12-count indictment in a mortgage fraud scheme that reportedly used straw buyers to purchase properties in communities including Elk Grove and Sacramento.

The indictment charges Surjit Singh, 66, of the East Bay community of Dublin, his son, Rajeshwar Singh, 38, of Pleasanton and Anita Sharma, 51, of Gilroy, with mail fraud, bank fraud, and false statements on a loan and credit application, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The indictment alleges that Surjit Singh recruited individuals with good credit to act as straw buyers for residential properties owned by his family members and associates. Rajeshwar Singh, a licensed real estate agent, allegedly assisted in the scheme by submitting loan applications for the straw buyers, who included Sharma.

March 14, 2013
Elk Grove police seek suspects in attempted bank robbery

EG bank robber ONE image010 (1).jpgEG bank robber TWO image011 (1).jpgElk Grove police are asking the public's help in identifying and locating two suspects in the attempted robbery Wednesday of the Wells Fargo Bank at 5120 Laguna Blvd.

The suspects entered the bank at 3:43 p.m. and confronted several employees. When they entered, one of the suspects used the handle from a scooter to prop open the front door, according to a Police Department news release. Once inside, they reportedly approached several different employees, grabbed them and demanded that they open the safe.

Before employees were able to comply with the demands, the suspects left on foot and were seen running into a residential neighborhood. They did not obtain any money from the bank.

March 4, 2013
Two shot at Elk Grove bowling alley parking lot

Two people were injured over the weekend when shot at an Elk Grove bowling alley parking lot.

Elk Grove police were dispatched about 12:45 a.m. Sunday to the Pins N Strikes parking lot, 3443 Laguna Blvd., where a group of teens and young adults were involved in a disturbance. When responding, additional calls came in that a shooting had occurred.

When officers arrived at the scene, two shooting victims had already been transported by private vehicles to the hospital. One male suffered a wound to his ankle and a female had several wounds to her arm and hip.

The injuries were not life-threatening. No suspect information was available.

February 28, 2013
UPDATE: Missing North Highlands man found safe

John Killins.JPGThe Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports that a North Highlands man who disappeared from his home Wednesday night has been found and is safe.

John Killins, 55 (pictured), who deputies say has a diminished mental capacity, had last been seen at 10 p.m. Wednesday at his North Highlands home in the 3600 block of Turner Drive.

Killins typically uses a bus pass to ride Regional Transit.

February 27, 2013
Elk Grove police seek teen drivers for distracted driving program

The Elk Grove Police Department is seeking 100 teenage drivers to participate in a simulated distracted driving program intended to educate teens about driving safety.

The young drivers are sought to take part in the "3D: Distracted Driving Demonstration" program during the week of March 25-29. Twenty students per day, during two different time periods, will participate in the demonstrations on a closed driving course.

They will take part in several driving scenarios while performing another task, such as using a smart phone to text or talk, applying makeup, eating and reaching for items in the car, according to a Police Department news release.

A certified driving instructor from the Police Department will accompany each teenager as a passenger to ensure that the driver performs the tasks and to intervene if necessary to ensure safety.

February 26, 2013
Elk Grove man found dead after domestic fight, standoff

A 52-year-old Elk Grove man has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a report of domestic violence and a standoff with police.

Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said officers were called to a home in the Laguna area about 11:44 a.m. regarding a domestic violence incident involving a husband and wife.

He said an argument between the two led to a physical fight during which the husband reportedly produced a handgun and put it two his wife's head. The couple's teenage son came to his mother's defense, fought with his father and managed to take the handgun away from him, Trim said. The teenager and his mother then fled the house, taking the handgun with them, and called police.

February 22, 2013
UPDATE: Nine people injured in four-vehicle collision in Elk Grove

Nine people were taken to local hospitals this evening following a four-vehicle collision at Laguna Boulevard and Neosho Drive in Elk Grove.

Detective James Kang of the Elk Grove Police Department said the crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and trying to piece together what happened. But Kang said it appears a vehicle westbound on Laguna Boulevard overcorrected and went into the eastbound lane, striking an sport-utility vehicle and causing it to overturn.

Kang said a woman and four children age 7 to 14 were were in the SUV and were taken to local hospitals, along with occupants of other vehicles involved. He said none appeared to be seriously injured.

February 19, 2013
UPDATE: Southbound I-5 reopens following big-rig crash in Elk Grove

Southbund Interstate 5 through Elk Grove has reopened following a nearly three-hour closure after a big-rig truck and trailer overturned north of Laguna Boulevard early this afternoon.

The truck with a 53-foot trailer loaded with PVC piping supplies for pools overturned about 2 p.m. Initial statements from witnesses indicated that the big rig was traveling in the slow lane when it drifted toward the center lane, then back toward the roadway shoulder, according to a CHP news release.The truck and trailer both overturned, blocking all three lanes of southbound I-5.

Although it was raining when the collision occurred, it has not been determined whether weather was a factor, officials said.

The 54-year-old driver, whose address was listed as Stockton, suffered cuts and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

February 15, 2013
Four indicted for growing marijuana in Sacramento, Elk Grove houses

Four people have been indicted for growing marijuana in seven houses in Elk Grove and Sacramento.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned a two-count indictment Wednesday, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Charged with crimes related to cultivating marijuana in the houses are Zhiqiang Liu, 59, of Oakland; Shihong Chen, 47 and Qinghong Li, 44, both of San Francisco; and Jun Mou Peng, 39, whose city of residence was not listed.

According to court documents, on Jan. 30, law enforcement agents conducted searches and seized 2,912 marijuana plants, approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $4,000 in cash. Agents found the defendants in grow houses and arrested them.

February 15, 2013
Teen pistol-whipped in Elk Grove park during Craigslist phone-sale meeting

A Craigslist meet-up in an Elk Grove park to purchase an iPhone ended with the prospective buyer being pistol-whipped.

Elk Grove police said that the 17-year-old responded to a Craigslist ad to purchase an iPhone 5. He agreed to meet the seller about 5 p.m. Wednesday at Miwok Park, which is near Big Horn Boulevard and Village Tree Drive.

After inspecting the phone, the teen declined to purchase it from the seller, a man in his 20s. About that time, another man, armed with a handgun, emerged from a nearby restroom. When the teen tried to run, he was hit in the back of the head with the handgun by the second man.

The teen suffered a cut. The suspects drove away in a black 2003 or 2004 Ford Focus with chrome rims.

The first man was described as a black man with facial scars, short hair and a cast on his right arm. The man with the gun was described as a black man in his 20s, bald, with facial scars and about 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build.

February 14, 2013
Elk Grove police seek help in identifying tanning salon robbers

suspects EG.jpgElk Grove police are seeking the public's help in finding two robbers of a tanning salon.

Police said that about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday officers responded to California Sun, 8475 Elk Grove Florin Road, about a robbery. Two men, one armed with a handgun, entered the business and removed money from the cash register.

The two then fled on foot from the business.

One suspect is described as a thin black man in his mid-twenties, about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray jeans.

The other robber was also black, had a medium build -- and was about the same height and age as his accomplice. He was wearing a gray and white striped hooded sweatshirt, a black ski mask and tan khaki pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Elk Grove police at (916) 478-8060.

February 12, 2013
Caltrans crash buffer vehicle slammed by car in Yolo County

A Caltrans crash protection vehicle was slammed into by a car on Monday in Yolo County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the car, John P. Bledsoe, 64, of Woodland, was taken to a hospital with complaints of pain. The Caltrans driver of the crash attenuator truck, Jaime A. Ruiz Fuentes, 27, of Elk Grove refused medical assistance at the scene, the CHP reported.

Fuentes was driving northbound at about 15 mph on Highway 113 near County Road 27 about 1:30 p.m. following a crew that was striping the road. The CHP said that Bledsoe was traveling in the same direction at about 65 mph when he became distracted by his cell phone.

According to a CHP press release, Bledsoe failed to notice in time that he was approaching the Caltrans protection truck. Although Beldsoe applied his brakes, his car collided with the crash cushion on the rear of the Caltrans truck.

Major damage was sustained by both vehicles.

February 7, 2013
Missing Elk Grove man found driving on Highway 65

Kenneth Mitchell pr-02-06-13-photo-1.jpgA 79-year-old man who was reported missing from his Elk Grove home Wednesday has been found and reunited with his family.

Kenneth Mitchell (pictured), who suffers from dementia, was located by the California Highway Patrol this evening driving his vehicle on Highway 65, Elk Grove police reported.

Mitchell had last been seen about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, when his wife left their home to go to work. When she returned about 3:15 that afternoon, her husband was missing, along with their vehicle.

Police said Mitchell left his residence under similar circumstances last week and was located in Willets.

February 7, 2013
Public invited to coffee with cops in Elk Grove this morning

Elk Grove residents have the opportunity to speak with local police officers over a cup of coffee this morning.

Officers from the Elk Grove Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. today at two McDonald's restaurant locations, 8282 Laguna Blvd. and 8710 Elk Grove Blvd., as part of the "Coffee with a Cop" program.

The program is intended to strengthen the partnership between the Police Department and the community. Residents can ask specific or general questions related to their neighborhood.

February 6, 2013
Help sought locating Elk Grove man suffering from dementia

Kenneth Mitchell pr-02-06-13-photo-1.jpgElk Grove police are asking for the community's help in locating a 79-year-old man who suffers from dementia and takes medication to control high blood pressure.

Kenneth Mitchell (pictured) was last seen about 8:45 this morning when his wife left their Elk Grove residence to go to work. When she returned at 3:15 p.m., her husband was missing, along with their vehicle, a white, two-door, 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII, with license plate number 3VCH239, according to a Police Department news release.

Mitchell is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a lump on his left cheek.

February 6, 2013
Recruiting under way for 2013 Sacramento County Citizen Academy

Applications are being taken for a free, ten-week class that provides an overview of the criminal justice system.

The 13th Citizen Academy Class, established by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, seeks to answer community questions and build bridges between the criminal justice system and ethnic, racial and faith-based communities.

The course is held Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 9 at the Sacramento Police Department headquarters, 5770 Freeport Blvd.

Members will learn about racial profiling, gang and hate crimes, in-car cameras and police internal affairs departments. Scheduled this year are a tour of the county jail and a police dog demonstration.

Application forms are at http://www.sacda.org/community. Call Cecile Velasco at (916) 874-7428 for more information.

January 31, 2013
Elk Grove residents invited talk with police over coffee

Elk Grove residents will have an opportunity to discuss questions and concerns with local police officers over a cup of coffee Feb. 7.

Officers from the Elk Grove Police Department's Problem Oriented Policing Unit will be available from 7 to 9 a.m. at two McDonald's restaurant locations, 8282 Laguna Blvd. and 8710 Elk Grove Blvd., as part of the "Coffee with a Cop" program.

The program is intended to strengthen the partnership between the Police Department and the community. Residents can ask specific or general questions related to their neighborhood.

Additional dates and locations for get-togethers will be posted on the Police Department's website at www.elkgrovepd.org as they become available.

January 31, 2013
Three Sacramento residents indicted in bank fraud scheme

Three Sacramento residents were indicted today by a federal grand jury for allegedly stealing the identity of U.S. Postal Service and department store customers to commit bank fraud.

Glen Patrick Shoults, 26, Jackie Lester Shoults, 31 and Kathleen S. Wade, 29, allegedly obtained stolen mail largely from Sacramento and Elk Grove postal customers.

According to court documents, between February 2012 and Dec. 15, 2012, Wade worked at a Sacramento department store. Her boyfriend, Glen Shoults, and his brother, Jackie Shoults, are alleged to have conspired with Wade to use her position to make fraudulent transactions on bank and credit card accounts.

January 31, 2013
Woman carjacked in Elk Grove at gunpoint

carjack.JPGA young woman peacefully eating her lunch in an Elk Grove department store parking lot was carjacked at gunpoint.

Elk Grove police are looking for the heavy-set man who pointed a gun at the 19-year-old woman who was in her car eating lunch about noon Monday outside Kohl's department store, 9650 Bruceville Road.

The man, described as being in his early 20s, leaned into the car's open window, pointed a handgun at the woman and forced his way into the vehicle. When another motorist honked his horn, the carjacker let the woman get out of the vehicle with her purse.

The suspect drove away with her cell phone. The car, a maroon 2002 Mitsubishi Gallant, license plate 5EEW575, is still missing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (916) 478-8060.

January 30, 2013
Elk Grove police need help finding flower store robber

florist.JPGElk Grove police have released the photo of a florist shop robber.

The armed man entered Nina's Flowers, 8517 Elk Grove Blvd., at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. The robber took money from a store employee and was last seen walking through the store parking lot.

He was described as a white man with facial hair in his mid-twenties, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He wore sunglasses, a dark sweatshirt, a white shirt, dark blue jeans and white athletic shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Elk Grove police detectives at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Tipsters to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

January 23, 2013
Apple plant work area briefly evacuated after employee reports feeling ill

Five people were briefly evacuated from a work area at the Apple plant on Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove this morning after an employee reported feeling ill while repairing an Apple product.

Deputy Chief John Michelini of the Cosumnes Fire Department said fire crews were called to the plant at 10:30 a.m. The employee reported that, while working on the item, what appeared to be a white crystal substance fell out of an earphone. Shortly afterward, the employee began to feel ill.

Michelini said a hazardous materials team was summoned to inspect the area and the device, and the immediate work area was evacuated as a precaution. The team found no evidence of any contamination, and employees were allowed to return to the area after about 30 minutes.

Michelini said the employee who reported feeling ill was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The reported symptoms, he said, were typical of a cold or flu.

January 22, 2013
Owner of Elk Grove firm convicted in mortgage fraud scheme

The owner of a mortgage company in Elk Grove has been convicted in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

After a 10-day trial, a federal jury in Sacramento found Hoda Samuel, 60, of Elk Grove guilty of conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud and of 30 individual counts of mail fraud, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Samuel, a licensed real estate broker, was the owner and principal operator of Liberty Real Estate & Investment Co., a real estate agency, and Liberty Mortgage Co, a mortgage brokerage business, according to evidence presented during the trial. Between April 5, 2006 and Feb. 26, 2007, Samuel's companies facilitated 30 residential real estate transactions that defrauded the lending institutions that provided the financing.

January 20, 2013
Sacramento man dies in Elk Grove motorcycle collision

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com

A 63-year-old Sacramento man died Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a minivan in Elk Grove.

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office listed the deceased as Kenneth W. Duffy. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the intersection of Elk Grove Boulevard and Bradshaw Road, said Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Det. James Kang.

The accident occurred at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday when the victim's motorcycle collided with the side of the minivan, Kang said. A woman in the minivan received minor injuries and was taken to a hospital to be examined. The children riding with her in the minivan were not injured.

Kang could not say how the accident occurred. But he said there was no indication that either driver was impaired by alcohol or any other substance.

January 16, 2013
SMUD business customers continuing to be scam targets

SMUD is warning a phone scam continues to be perpetrated on its business customers.

Around the holiday season, some customers reported getting phone calls by someone pretending to represent the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The caller threatened to shut off a home's or business's electric power unless the customer pays a past-due bill immediately at a payment facility.

The scam attempts were reported by several business customers, the utility said. SMUD said this week that those fraudulent calls continue to be made.

January 9, 2013
Law enforcement agencies taking citizens academy sign-ups

The Elk Grove Police Department and Placer County Sheriff's Office are accepting applications for citizens academies.

The programs are designed to provide residents with an inside look at their local law enforcement agency.

Elk Grove's 13-week Citizens' Academy will begin Feb. 12. Sessions will cover procedures for patrol and investigations, vehicle operations, arrest and control techniques, 911 communications, code enforcement and animal control.

January 9, 2013
UPDATE: Suspects in Elk Grove robbery remain at large

At least two suspects remain at large following an armed robbery in Elk Grove.

Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said Elk Grove and Sacramento police ended their search of an area northwest of the Florin Road and Tamoshanter Way intersection about 6 p.m. The suspects had been believed to be in the area after their vehicle crashed and they ran off on foot following a police pursuit.

Trim said a woman was walking with friends in the 7500 block of Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove about 3:40 p.m. when a black Impala with three men inside drove up.

December 26, 2012
Nearly 3,000 drivers caught in cell phone crackdown

Nearly 3,000 drivers were caught breaking cell phone rules during a crackdown in 37 police jurisdictions in and around Sacramento County.

"We are committed to saving lives on area roadways, and drivers should expect to continue to see officers enforcing cell phone driving laws time and time again," said state Office of Traffic Safety director Chris Murphy.

California was one of two states to receive grants for high-visibility law enforcement pilot programs to squelch motorists' hand-held cell phone use and texting. In addition to California, Delaware was selected to mount a pilot project.

The California program, dubbed "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other," was conducted in eight counties with 3.8 million residents in an area ranging from Modesto to Marysville and Vallejo to South Lake Tahoe. The crackdown occurred from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.

December 13, 2012
Former Elk Grove man accused of embezzling $2.5 million

A former Elk Grove man has been charged with mail fraud related to embezzlement from his former employer.

A federal grand jury today returned a 20-count indictment against Vincent J. Doyle, 53. Doyle now lives in Syracuse, Ind., according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, Doyle was the chief financial officer for a civil engineering firm in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. From 2001 until he retired from the firm in 2009, he allegedly used his position to write unauthorized checks form the firm's bank accounts that totaled at least $2.5 million.

December 12, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was driver charged in 2011 death of Elk Grove jogger?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: In April 2011, Teresa Hess was killed by a vehicle while crossing Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove. What was the final result of that investigation?
Submitted by: Katt, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Teresa Hess, 54, died April 5, 2011, of injuries suffered a day earlier when she was struck by a pickup truck as she jogged about 8 a.m. across Laguna Boulevard.

December 6, 2012
Sacramento County looking for grand jury applicants

Citizens have until Feb. 6 to apply to serve on the 2013-2014 Sacramento County Grand Jury.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, U.S. citizens and reside in Sacramento County. The grand jury serves from July 10, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

To get an application questionnaire and view a fact sheet, go to www.sacgrandjury.org or call the grand jury coordinator at (916) 874-7559.

November 29, 2012
UPDATE: Missing Elk Grove man found safe, turns self in to police

Nicholas Lomack image010.jpgLomack truck image011.jpgAn Elk Grove man reported missing earlier today has been found safe.

Elk Grove police reported tonight that 33-year-old Nicholas Lomack turned himself in to the Police Department.

Lomack (pictured) drove away from his Elk Grove residence about 9:30 a.m. today in a 2010 white Toyota Tundra pickup truck (similar to the one pictures) with California license plate 8T78462, according to a Police Department news release. The family member told police that Lomack left his home with a semiautomatic 9mm handgun and was believed to be suicidal.

November 29, 2012
Elk Grove man headed to prison for ID theft, credit card fraud

An Elk Grove man has been sentenced to prison for identity theft and credit card fraud.

Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. today sentenced 23-year-old Thang Quoc Nguyen to seven years and eight months in prison for three counts of credit card fraud and two counts of aggravated identify theft, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Nguyen fraudulently used credit cards issued to other people to make online purchases, according to court documents. He frequently purchased expensive items, listed himself as authorized to make a third-party pickup of merchandise and took delivery of thousands of dollars worth of goods before the fraud was detected and the sales were canceled.

November 29, 2012
Two Sacramento County residents appointed to Superior Court

Steven Gevercer.jpgBunmi Awaoniyi.jpgTwo judgeship appointments were announced today to the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Bunmi O. Awoniyi of Elk Grove and Steven M. Gevercer of Sacramento to the positions. Both are Democrats.

Awoniyi, 48, has served as a principal attorney with a family law practice since 1994. She is a certified family law specialist.

She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position.

Gevercer, 54, has served as a senior assistant attorney general at the Attorney General's Office, Civil Division, Tort and Condemnation Section since 2011. He served as a supervising deputy attorney general from 2008 to 2011.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary S. Mullen.

Each position pay $178,789 a year.

PHOTO CAPTION: Bunmi O. Awoniyi, right, and Steven M. Gevercer

November 20, 2012
Elk Grove police provide 10 safety tips for holiday season

Elk Grove police will ramp up shopping center patrols -- with officers on foot, in squad cars and in unmarked vehicles during the holiday season.

Car break-ins, pick-pocketing, robbery and other crime can spike during the season, police said. To stem theft, Elk Grove police presence will increase from Friday through Dec. 24.

Shoppers can also take steps to protect themselves. Officer Chris Trim provides the following safety tips for shoppers:

• Keep packages and other valuables in the car trunk, out of sight.

• Don't carry a lot of cash.

• Pay for purchases with a check or credit card.

• Carry a purse under your arm with the strap across your body.

• Put wallets in the front pants pocket.

• Be aware of surroundings.

• Shop with a friend if going out after dark.

• Park in a well-lit area.

• Look inside your car before entering the vehicle.

• Lock car doors and roll up windows even if inside the store for only a few minutes.

November 19, 2012
Boy killed in Elk Grove traffic accident is identified

A boy killed Sunday in a motor vehicle accident has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office as Edward Hill, 12, of Elk Grove.

The boy was riding a bike and crossing with a friend at Bond Road and Elk Crest Drive when he was involved in a collision with a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer, said Sgt. Scott French of the Elk Grove Police Department.

It's not clear exactly how the accident happened, but the truck driver is not suspected of any wrongdoing, French said. The boy was hit by the side and the front of the trailer but not the truck, he said.

November 18, 2012
12-year-old boy hit by trailer, killed on Elk Grove street

By Brad Branan
bbranan@sacbee.com

A boy leaving an Elk Grove shopping center was killed today in a motor vehicle accident.

The 12-year-old boy was riding a bike and crossing with a friend at Bond Road and Elk Crest Drive when he was involved in a collision with a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer, said Sgt. Scott French of the Elk Grove Police Department.

It's not clear exactly how the accident happened, but the truck driver is not suspected of any wrongdoing, French said. The boy was hit by the side and the front of the trailer but not the truck, he said.

November 16, 2012
Elk Grove man, brother charged with student loan fraud

An Elk Grove man and his brother are in federal custody, charged with student loan fraud.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a 12-count-indictment charging Mordechay Altit, 33, of Elk Grove, and his brother Shay Din Altit, 44, of Los Angeles in a scheme to fraudulently obtain student loans, according to Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, Mordechay Altit obtained more than $200,000 in student loans from banks through fraudulent representations. He allegedly submitted applications on which he fraudulently represented the names of the students applying for the loans, their Social Security numbers, their incomes, and that they were attending or planned to attend schools such as Harvard Law School, the Yale School of Medicine and California State University, Sacramento.

November 15, 2012
Suspect sought in Elk Grove sexual assault

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

Elk Grove police are calling on the public to help find a man suspected in a sexual assault on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Police describe the man as white or Latino, 5 feet, 9 inches, 165 pounds, with short messy hair, a "5 o'clock shadow," and clad in a black sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Elk Grove Police Department's detective bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Crime Alert callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.

November 14, 2012
Police investigate attempted sexual assault at Elk Grove park

Elk Grove police are investigating an attempted sexual assault that occurred late Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the softball complex at Elk Grove Regional Park.

Police said the incident occurred about 6:05 p.m. A 37-year-old woman was leaning into the back of her parked vehicle when a man she did not know attacked her from behind and tried to sexually assault her. The woman was able to fend him off by pushing and punching him several times in the body and face, according to a Police Department news release.

The man fled and was last seen running north through the park.

November 12, 2012
Four men from Sacramento linked to vacuum-packed marijuana

Four men from Sacramento County were booked into jail after Redding police stopped a rental truck with 300 pounds of vacuum-packed marijuana.

Police said they received information that a U-Haul pickup and a Nissan Altima would be coming through Redding with a large amount of marijuana. Around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, officers made separate stops on two vehicles matching the earlier descriptions of the pickup and the car.

A police dog alerted to marijuana in the pickup and officers found 300 pounds of marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags. The other officer searched the Altima and found packaging material, vacuum-sealing equipment and a walkie-talkie identical to one found in the truck, according to a police press release.

November 9, 2012
Another electrical fire prompts warning from Sac Metro Fire

The third fire traced to electrical problems in 30 days has prompted a suburban fire district to caution homeowners about doing electrical repairs themselves.

On Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters were called to the 8100 block of Dunes Court, near Highway 99 and Calvine Road, where a garage was engulfed in flames. Crews stopped the fire from spreading into the home and also rescued the family dog and cat.

The residents of the home were away at the time of the fire. Arson investigators determined "the cause to be electrical in nature," according to a fire district press release.

November 8, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any convictions in 2010 grad night shooting at Elk Grove hotel?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: On high school grad night in June 2010, a celebrating senior grad/athlete was shot and killed while celebrating at the Holiday Inn Express in Elk Grove. Was that crime ever solved and the culprits brought to justice?
Submitted by: CTrapp, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Nine people were arrested in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old D'andre Blackwell, a popular former Valley High School basketball player, on June 5, 2010.

November 7, 2012
UPDATE: Missing Elk Grove teenager found safe

Dominic Zanartu image (1).pngA 13-year-old boy reported missing in Elk Grove has been located.

Elk Grove police said Dominic Zanartu (pictured), who is autistic, was found at an AM/PM market on Grant Line Road and will be returned home.

The youth had last been seen at Harriet Eddy Middle School, in the 9300 block of Soaring Oaks Drive, about 3:15 p.m. today. Police said he was apparently upset because he knew that his television and computer privileges would be taken away due to a poor progress report.

November 4, 2012
4 killed, 7 injured in crash on I-5 crash in Elk Grove

By Mark Glover and Anne Gonzales
mglover@sacbee.com

Four people were killed in a violent, head-on crash this afternoon on northbound Interstate 5 in Elk Grove, emergency officials said.

Tracey Hansen, chief of the Cosumnes Fire Department, confirmed the four fatalities and said seven others were injured in the wreck.

The injured were taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Kaiser South, Sutter General and Methodist Hospital, all in critical but stable condition.

November 2, 2012
At-risk Elk Grove woman found alive

Elk Grove police reported today that at-risk missing person Carla Dalquen has been located at a relative's residence in Sacramento County.

Police had said that Dalquen, 40, who suffers from severe depression and was believed to be suicidal, was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when she left her home in the 8800 block of Heathermist Way.

November 1, 2012
Sacramento man pleads guilty in Elk Grove mortgage fraud case

A Sacramento real estate agent and appraiser has pleaded guilty in a mortgage fraud case involving three Elk Grove homes.

Dameene R. Dedrick, 39, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to two counts of bank fraud and one count of mail fraud, according to a Department of Justice news release.

In late 2005 and 2006, Dedrick, who was then a licensed real estate agent and appraiser, made false statements on loan applications to obtain approval and funding for three mortgages, according to court documents. The combined value of the mortgages was $1.1 million.

November 1, 2012
Elk Grove police seek help to find troubled woman

Carla Dalquen.JPGElk Grove police are asking for help in finding a woman who is suicidal.

Police said that Carla Dalquen, who suffers from severe depression and is believed to be suicidal, was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when she left her home in the 8800 block of Heathermist Way.

Dalquen, 40, was driving a gray, 2005 Saturn Vue with the license plate number 5NPK768. She is described as white, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 180 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at (916) 691-5246.

October 19, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to defendants in real estate fraud case involving Elk Grove man?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Whatever happened to Hoda Samuel and the co-defendants in a real estate fraud case? Has this case gone to trial? Have any of the defendants been sentenced.?
Submitted by: Steve, Roseville

ANSWER: According to federal court online records, Hoda Samuel of Elk Grove and five other defendants are scheduled for trial Jan. 17 in Sacramento.

October 18, 2012
Fourth grade teacher nabs teenage theft suspect

By Diana Lambert
dlambert@sacbee.com

Coach Todd Shadbourne was running with his soccer team in Elk Grove Monday evening when he saw two teenagers on bicycles being chased by people in green smocks.

The Starbucks employees were yelling for the bicyclists to stop.

Shadbourne let the first bicyclist whiz past, but jumped in front of the second teen, grabbed him by the belt loop and wrested him from his bike.

"Obviously, something wasn't right," said Shadbourne, who teaches fourth grade at Foulk's Ranch Elementary.

He was right. The two teens had just rode through the drive-thru of Starbucks at Elk Grove-Florin and Bond roads and snatched the tip jar from the window, according the Elk Grove Police Department.

Their bounty: $10 in bills and change.

October 16, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone convicted in 1993 slaying of Sacramento prosecutor?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: In 1993, Brian Hintz, a Sacramento prosecutor, was shot an killed in Elk Grove. Was anyone convicted, and what was the outcome of the trial?
Submitted by: D. Pinto, Elk Grove

ANSWER:Brian Hintz, a deputy district attorney in Sacramento, was fatally shot Sept. 29, 1993, by his 17-year-old nephew on property Hintz owned in Elk Grove.

The youth, who was not identified by The Bee because of his age, was convicted in Juvenile Court of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to the California Youth Authority in 1994. He was to be eligible for release in four years.

The prosecutor said the youth shot Hintz, 32, in the chest with a hunting rifle after the two argued over an engine hoist the boy did not have permission to use.

Hintz's family said the shooting was especially tragic because the teen, who had been shuttled among family members' homes, had been closer to Hintz than to any other adult.

The youth had been living with a friend in a camper shell on Hintz's property in the Laguna area for about a month before the shooting.

A visiting judge heard the case and the state Attorney General's Office prosecuted it because of potential conflicts stemming from Hintz's job as a deputy district attorney.

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October 16, 2012
Man shot during pig slaughter dies from wound

A 28-year-old Elk Grove man who was accidentally shot in the face during the slaughter of a pig for a family celebration has died, according to the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

He was identified Koua Vang. Vang had been on life support at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento hospital

The shooting happened at 6:25 a.m. Saturday at Vang's residence in the 8400 block of Kinder Lane, a rural area near Calvine and Grant Line roads, said Christopher Trim, an Elk Grove police spokesman.

October 12, 2012
Crashed vehicle belonging to missing man found near South Lake Tahoe

A vehicle registered to an Elk Grove man who was reported missing in May was located today down a steep embankment off Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

Sgt. Dan Paxton of the California Highway Patrol said the vehicle, a 2001 Honda Civic, was spotted near Johnson Pass Road about 2 p.m by a person walking a dog in an area above the crash site. He said the vehicle was about 100 feet down an embankment on the south side of Highway 50.

When officers reached the vehicle and found no one inside, the El Dorado County sheriff's search and rescue team brought in a dog to search the area. Paxton said human remains were found about 100 feet from the vehicle.

October 11, 2012
Controlled burn near Elk Grove today

A controlled grassland burn may be noticeable by Elk Grove residents today.

Federal and local firefighters will be burning up to 37 acres of grassland within the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The burn will take place south of Elk Grove, north of Lambert Road and about a mile west of Interstate 5.

Smoke should quickly dissipate, according to a press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The burn helps with firefighter training, reduces high grass fire danger and improves wildlife habitat.

October 8, 2012
Honda is most stolen motorcycle in U.S.

Motorcycle thefts were down last year in the U.S., despite increased sales, according to an insurance industry group.

A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau released today said 2011 motorcycle thefts are down six percent from the year before. A total of 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2011, compared with 49,791 in 2010.

The decrease in thefts came as sales were slightly up. Sales increased to 440,899 motorbikes in 2011 from 439,678 in 2010, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

September 18, 2012
Update: Mother of Elk Grove beating suspect dies

The mother of an 11-year-old boy facing charges for lashing her with an electrical cord, has died.

Elk Grove Police spokesman officer Chris Trim said the mother's death was not related to any injuries allegedly inflicted by her son. The mother suffered from a pre-existing medical condition, Trim said.

The mother died about 9 p.m. Monday at a local hospital. The exact cause of death will have to come from the Sacramento County Coroner's office, Trim said.

The boy was released to the custody of his father on Monday. The boy has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.

The 51-year-old woman was beaten so severely she required hospitalization. The Bee is not naming the boy or the mother to comply with its policy of not identifying juvenile suspects.

The boy was his mother's primary caregiver. He was arrested on Sept. 10.

Details about the mother's disability have not been disclosed.

September 17, 2012
Seventeen arrested in pot bust near Elk Grove

By Darrell Smith

dvsmith@sacbee.com

Seventeen people were arrested and 1,500 plants seized when state drug agents shut down a marijuana growing operation Monday near Elk Grove.

The 7 a.m. raid by the state's Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, wrapped a month-long investigation into the grow, tucked into cornfields and processed in a barn east of Interstate 5 near Lambert Road, said Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory.

Gregory said the operation, first spotted by helicopter, was a sophisticated one. Photos showed the harvested marijuana drying on racks under shade of the barns and equipment agents believe was used to process the pot.

September 13, 2012
Boy accused of beating mom appears in court

By Cynthia Hubert
chubert@sacbee.com

A boy accused of beating his disabled mother with an electrical cord made his first appearance in court today, virtually swallowed by his chair as he sat next to his defense lawyer in Sacramento County Juvenile Court.

The Elk Grove youth, looking wide-eyed and younger than his 11 years, is facing charges of elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with injuries to his mother. Police arrested him at school Monday after they investigated a report that he had physically abused his mother, who is 51 and suffers from disabling medical conditions. According to a police spokesman, the mother and son lived on their own in an Elk Grove home, where the son had primary responsibility for his mother's care.

Juvenile Court referee Natalie Lindsey appointed public defender Steven Garrett as the boy's attorney, and postponed his arraignment until Monday.

September 10, 2012
Two Elk Grove students receive burns from experiment gone wrong

By Ed Fletcher
efletcher@sacbee.com

Two students at an Elk Grove middle school received minor burns from a chemical experiment gone awry Monday.

The accident, resulting in first-degree burns, to two eighth-grade male students occurred at around 2 p.m. Monday at Joseph Kerr Middle School, said Elizabeth Graswich, a spokeswoman for the district.

The experiment, involving chlorine tables and rubbing alcohol, was conducted outdoors at an adjacent park, Graswich said. She said the teacher conducted the experiment but that somehow - after the chemical reaction - the children were exposed to the chemicals.

August 28, 2012
Suspects sought in Elk Grove cell phone store burglaries

ATTBURG 1 ATT+2.jpgATTBURG 2 ATT+.jpgThe Elk Grove Police Department seeks the community's help in identifying the suspects in the burglaries of two cell phone stores last week.

At 4:42 a.m. Friday, officers responded to an alarm call at the AT&T store at 9170 W. Stockton Blvd. and discovered that the business had been burglarized. While officers were investigating that break-in, another alarm call came in, this one at 5:11 a.m. at the T-Mobile store at 9308 Elk Grove Blvd.

Officers determined that more than $2,000 worth of Dr. Dre Beats headphones were stolen from the AT&T store and 10 cell phones were taken from the T-Mobile store, according to a Police Department news release.

August 23, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to nuclear engineer who sent threatening letters to President Bush?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: What happened to the engineer from Rancho Seco who was accused of sending threatening letters to President Bush? It seems like there wasn't actually anthrax but an inert powder used. Was the guy convicted and sentenced to prison or a medical facility?
Submitted by: Emmi, Sacramento

ANSWER: Michael Lee Braun, who worked as a nuclear engineer at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's now-decommissioned Rancho Seco nuclear generating plant, was arrested in 2006 for sending threatening letters and white powder to the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills, where President Bush was appearing at a fundraising event for then-Rep. John Doolittle.

August 23, 2012
Elk Grove man indicted in debit card fraud case

A federal grand jury in Sacramento today returned a 23-count indictment against an Elk Grove man accused of debit card fraud.

Mordechay Altit, 33 -- also known as Michael Altit, Anthony Altit and Tony Altit -- is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud and money laundering associated with his fraudulent use of debit cards, and merchant and terminal identification numbers, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

The indictment alleges that Altit applied for debit cards issued from banks or other providers of debit cards in his own name or using the names and Social Security numbers of other people. Altit then used merchant and terminal identification numbers issued to merchants and businesses across the country to cause fraudulent credits and refunds to be placed on the debit cards he controlled, according to the indictment. Before the businesses could rescind the transactions, Altit used the cards to spend and transfer money. He allegedly had at least $450,000 in fraudulent merchant returns credited to his debit cards.

The case is the result of a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service -Criminal Division.

August 23, 2012
Two suspects sought in robbery of Elk Grove Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut suspect 1 12-8247+1.jpgPizza Hut suspect 2 12-8247+2.jpgThe Elk Grove Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects in an armed robbery of a Pizza Hut restaurant.

At 11:04 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the Pizza Hut at 9015 Bruceville Road regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred. Officers were told that two individuals entered the business through the back door and confronted several employees inside.

One of the intruders was armed with a handgun and fired one round into the ceiling, according to a Police Department news release.The two then ordered the employees to go to the front of the store, where they were told to get on the ground. The intruders proceeded to remove an undisclosed amount of money from the register, then ran out the back door.

August 21, 2012
Elk Grove police seek suspects in Holiday Inn Express robbery

Holiday Inn suspect 1 12-7882+1.jpgHoliday Inn suspect 2 12-7882+2.jpgThe Elk Grove Police Department is looking to identify three suspects in the recent armed robbery of a Holiday Inn Express.

Officers responded to the motel at 2460 Maritime Drive at 12:36 p.m. Aug. 11. They were told that two males (pictured) entered the business and approached an employee who was working at the front counter. One of the men brandished a handgun and demanded that the employee give him all the money in the cash drawer.

Fearing for her safety, the employee gave a portion of the money from the register to each of the suspects, according to a Police Department news release.

August 10, 2012
Two teenagers sought after armed robbery at Elk Grove home

Two teenagers are being sought following a report of an armed robbery at an Elk Grove residence this afternoon.

Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said officers responded at 3:09 p.m. to a report of a burglary at a home in the 10000 block of Lambeau Court. When they arrived, they learned that the intruders had been armed with what were described as handguns.

Three people were in the house when they heard a knock on the door. One occupant looked out a peephole and saw two males, 16 to 18 years old. When the residents did not answer the door, the two armed teenagers pushed their way into the home and ordered the three people inside to lie on the floor.

August 8, 2012
Applications available for Elk Grove Citizens' Academy

The Elk Grove Police Department is accepting applications for its next Citizens' Academy, which begins Sept. 5.

The 14-week program is designed to inform interested residents about the various aspects of municipal policing. It covers patrol and investigations procedures, vehicle operations, arrest and control techniques, 911 communications, code enforcement and animal control.

The Citizens' Academy is offered free of charge and will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elk Grove Police Department.

July 30, 2012
Elk Grove residents indicted for trafficking in counterfeit DVDs

A federal grand jury in Sacramento has indicted three people, including two Elk Grove residents, for trafficking in counterfeit DVDs.

The 23-count indictment charges Kristin Caldwell, 30, and William Brown, 28, both of Elk Grove, and Xavier Johnson, 31, formerly of Elk Grove, with wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to the indictment, from 2008 to 2011, the defendants imported DVDs containing counterfeit copies of children's movies and marketed them over the Internet. The three are alleged to have falsely advertised that they had located a limited supply of scarce Disney DVDs that were otherwise unavailable for purchase. They are accused of importing thousands of bootleg copies of the movies directly from factories in China and selling them as if they were legitimate DVD's.

July 26, 2012
Police dog nabs man after south Sacramento vehicle pursuit

A parolee was taken into custody and his female passenger was transported to a hospital with injuries after they led police on a vehicle chase through south Sacramento this afternoon.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Pettit said police were assisting parole agents who were looking for a parolee, believed to be armed, in the 2100 block of 60th Avenue. Shortly after 1 p.m., the man was seen in a vehicle pulling out of a residential garage.

Pettit said officers tried to get the driver to pull over, but the man instead drove off with police in pursuit. The chase ended at Franklin and Big Horn boulevards in the Elk Grove area when the fleeing vehicle crashed into a concrete embankment. Pettit said the driver was taken into custody by a police dog.

He said the woman in the vehicle was taken to an area hospital with what appeared to be moderate injuries, including a broken leg, suffered in the crash. The man was being treated for injuries sustained in his encounter with the police dog and was to be booked into Sacramento County Jail. His name has not been released.

July 20, 2012
Three Elk Grove residents plead guilty in mortgate fraud scheme

Three Elk Grove residents pleaded guilty today in federal court in Sacramento to charges arising from a mortgage fraud scheme.

The guilty pleas by Ali Khalil, 32, Amanullah Khalil, 39, and Wahidullah Khalil, 27, were announced today by U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

Ali Khalil, a former Elk Grove police officer who holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and structuring financial transactions to evade currency transaction reporting requirements, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Amanullah Khalil, who described himself as a businessman and entrepreneur, pleaded guilty to making false statements on a loan application. Wahidullah Khalil, a former banker who also holds a bachelor degree in criminal justice, pleaded guilty to structuring financial transactions to evade currency transaction reporting requirements.

July 17, 2012
UPDATE: One dead, two injured in collision on Bradshaw Road

A man is dead after a traffic collision today on Bradshaw Road in Elk Grove.

Just before noon, witnesses told police, a white Kia Rio traveling southbound veered into the northbound lane, colliding with a a white Dodge Grand Caravan, said Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Chris Trim.

Paramedics pronounced the driver of the Rio, a man in his late teens or early 20s, dead at the scene. Trim said it is unclear why his car entered the oncoming lane. The man's name has not been released pending notification of family.

The driver of the Grand Caravan and his female passenger both sustained major injuries and were transported by ambulance to local area hospitals, Trim said.

The collision is under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8148.

July 10, 2012
Sacramento firefighters help battle Colusa County wildland blaze

Firefighters from the Sacramento region are part of the effort to quell a big fire in Colusa County.

The strike force from Sacramento includes eight firefighters and two engines from Cosumnes Fire Department, two engines from Sacramento City Fire Department and an engine and strike team leader from Folsom Fire Department.

A press release from the Cosumnes Fire Department said the firefighters are helping to extinguish the "Mill Fire," which has burned 13,000 acres of timber and brush. The fire is only 20 percent contained.

July 5, 2012
Busy three hours for Elk Grove firefighters on Fourth

Firefighters serving Elk Grove and Galt were kept busy on the Fourth of July.

Cosumnes Fire Department firefigthers responded to a total of 15 fires between 9 p.m. and midnight Wednesday. The majority of the fires involved burning grass.

"This is what we fear on the Fourth," said Cosumnes Deputy Fire Chief John Michelini. "Multiple fires at the same time have units responding from fire-to-fire and that makes it difficult to keep anyone available for the next emergency."

July 5, 2012
Fireworks prompt police and fire response in Sacramento County

Police and firefighters were kept busy with Fourth of July calls, including dispersing celebrants setting off illegal fireworks near an east Sacramento park and putting out fires caused by bottle rockets.

Sacramento police responded to at least two fireworks-related calls:

At 9 a.m., police were called Marysville and Arcade boulevards where a security guard was attacked when he tried to stop the burglary of a fireworks stand. The burglars, one armed with a club, fled.

About 3:30 p.m., police were called to the 1100 block of Rodeo Way in east Sacramento on a call regarding suspected illegal fireworks being ignited. When police arrived, the teens scattered, leaving behind a backpack containing illegal fireworks.

July 3, 2012
Elk Grove police seek suspects in beating at Calvine Road home

A man has been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was pistol whipped at a home on Calvine Road in Elk Grove.

Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said police received a call shortly after 4 p.m. reporting that a man had been shot at a home in the 10700 block of Calvine Road.

He said the man, two women and a child were in the home when two men came to the door and used some ruse to gain entry to the house. Once inside they pulled handguns and demanded the occupants' personal property.

July 3, 2012
Elk Grove police: Father arrested for drunken driving after daughter takes to wheel

Elk Grove police arrested a father for drunken driving who they said allowed his 10-year-old daughter to drive his vehicle while seated on his lap.

Officers were called about 10:30 a.m. Saturday to the area near Mykonos Way and Freitag Way on a report of a girl driving a vehicle. Once they arrived, officers saw a girl sitting on her father's lap while driving.

Police said the adult showed signs of impairment when stopped. The father refused to comply with instructions, resisted handcuffing and had to be taken to the ground for officers to gain control, according to a police watch summary.

Police said Kenneth Grau, 55, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, child endangerment and resisting arrest.

June 22, 2012
Teen shot in Elk Grove after street argument

A teenager was shot in the stomach after an argument on the street last night in Elk Grove, police said.

The youth's wounds did not appear to be life-threatening.

Police were called about 11:15 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 7000 block of Verdure Way near Bruceville Road and Laguna Boulevard. The caller said her 18-year-old brother had been shot and he was being taken to the hospital by their mother.

June 21, 2012
Elk Grove police to run sobriety checkpoint Saturday

The Elk Grove Police Department will operate a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. Officers will check passing drivers for signs of intoxication and for proper licensing at an undisclosed location in Elk Grove.

Well-publicized sobriety checkpoints are a way for police departments to remind motorists not to drink and drive. When they are conducted regularly, the frequency of wrecks involving alcohol can drop by as much as 20 percent, according to a press release from the department.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will fund this weekend's checkpoint.

June 19, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were circumstances in 1997 Elk Grove shooting death of teen?

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.

QUESTION: Sometime in early 1997, a teenager named Andrew Hesser was shot and killed in Elk Grove. I believe the story at the time was that he was trying to break into a car. What exactly were the circumstances surrounding his death, and were charges ever filed against his killer?
Submitted by: Andy, Elk Grove

ANSWER: Andrew Hesser, 17 and a junior at Laguna Creek High School, was killed in March 1997 during an apparent burglary of a car belonging to a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy.

According to stories in The Bee, Deputy Sherman Watson found Hesser standing next to a parked car outside his Elk Grove home after he was awakened about 3 a.m. by the barking of dogs.

The deputy said he armed himself with a handgun and went outside intending to make an arrest. When he identified himself and told the youth not to move, Hesser reportedly turned and pointed a handgun at the deputy. Watson then fired one round, striking Hesser in the head, and three other youths who were with Hesser sped away in their car.

Investigating officers found next to Hesser a loaded handgun that Watson said he had inadvertently left in his vehicle. Also found nearby were other items taken from Watson's car.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office concluded that the shooting was a justifiable homicide, stating that it was reasonable for Watson to believe that Hesser intended to shoot and that his life was in danger.

Hesser's parents, Noel and Mary Hesser, publicly stated that they forgave Watson. Although they believed he had other options, they said they bore him no malice and and that they would not file any wrongful death suits against the deputy.

In a prepared statement, they said, "We would like it said that we do not want Andrew to be remembered for the last events of his life any more than the officer should be remembered for the moment of firing the gun."

June 18, 2012
Missing Elk Grove woman found safe in Chico

Sylvia Valdez 12-5774.jpgAn Elk Grove woman who had been missing since early this month has been found safe.

Elk Grove police reported that Sylvia Valdez (pictured), 29, was located in Chico and has been reunited with her mother.

Valdez had been last seen in Nevada City earlier this month. Police sad she had telephoned her mother and indicated that she was going to return to her Elk Grove residence via an unidentified bus service. When she had not returned by last week, her family reported her missing.

Police said she was considered as risk because she had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and was not in possession of her medication.

June 13, 2012
Teenage driver arrested after pursuit, crash in Elk Grove

A teenage driver is in custody and another person has been taken to a hospital after a police pursuit in Elk Grove ended in a crash on Highway 99 near Sheldon Road.

Elk Grove police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said that shortly before 5 p.m. officers attempted to stop a speeding black Toyota Camry westbound on Sheldon Road near Elk Grove-Florin Road. The driver of the Camry, later identified as a 17-year-old Sacramento resident, failed to stop and led police on a pursuit.

At one point, the driver cut through the WinCo supermarket parking lot, then headed eastbound on Sheldon. The driver then attempted to travel southbound on Highway 99, but because of the vehicle's speed, he was unable to navigate a turn. He lost control of the car and struck two other vehicles, a Ford SUV and a commuter van, before the Camry crashed and caught fire.

June 13, 2012
Help sought locating Elk Grove woman last seen in Nevada City

Elk Grove police are asking the public's help in locating a 29-year-old woman who has Sylvia Valdez 12-5774.jpgbeen missing since early this month.

Sylvia Valdez (pictured) is considered at risk because she has been diagnosed as schizophrenic and is not in possession of her medication, according to a Police Department news release.

Valdez was last seen in Nevada City early this month. Police said she had telephoned her mother and indicated that she was going to return to her Elk Grove residence in the 8200 block of Geneva Point Drive via an unidentified bus service. As of today, she has not returned to her home.

June 13, 2012
Car crashes into HomeTown Buffet; two injured

A vehicle crashed into a HomeTown Buffet in Elk Grove and injured two restaurant patrons this afternoon, according to Officer Chris Trim, spokesman for the Elk Grove Police Department.

An 81-year old man was parking his sand colored 2009 Toyota Camry in front of the restaurant on Bruceville Road when the vehicle accelerated onto the sidewalk about1:25 p.m., Trim said. Two pedestrians were entering the buffet when the car struck the front doors, Trim added.

Medical personnel attended to an adult male, who suffered major trauma to his left leg and an adult female who was not physically injured, Trim said. Both people were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Trim said the driver was not injured in the crash.

Officers are still investigating the cause of the collision, and they do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

The front doors of the HomeTown Buffet suffered significant damage and the business is closed for the remainder of the day, Trim said.

June 6, 2012
Elk Grove infant taken to hospital after nearly drowning in bathtub

A 9-month-old girl has been taken to Kaiser South Medical Center after she was found submerged in bathtub.

Deputy Chief John Michelni of the Cosumnes Fire Department said crews were called to a home on Springhurst Drive in Elk Grove about 6:10 p.m. and found the child, who was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing.

He said the youngster was in the bathtub when the mother stepped away for a couple of minutes and returned to find the child submerged in the water.

Michelini said this is the second infant drowning or near drowning incident in the Cosumnes district and the fifth reported countywide within a week.

June 5, 2012
Police seek public's help to locate missing Elk Grove man

Kirk+Lacefield.jpgThe Elk Grove Police Department seeks the community's help locating a 45-year-old man who has been diagnosed as schizophrenic and may be suicidal.

Police said Kirk Lacefield (pictured) was reported missing from his residence in the 8800 block of Lewis Stein Road and is not in possession of his medication. He may be driving a dark green 2011 Honda Civic with California license plate number 4TLN244.

Lacefield is described as white, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 169 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt or black T-shirt, with shorts of an unknown color and Nike sandals.

Anyone with information regarding Lacefield's whereabouts is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Dispatch Center at (916) 691-5246.

May 25, 2012
Elk Grove couple arrested in connection with Lodi arson

Three people, including and a husband and wife from Elk Grove, have been arrested in connection with arson at a Lodi market in October.

Following a joint investigation by the Lodi Police and Fire departments, arrest warrants were issued for Prem Basuta, 47, and his wife, Kulwinder "Kelly" Basuta, 48, of Elk Grove, and brother Gurmail "Gary" Singh, 55, of Lodi. They are suspected of being responsible for a fire that damaged Salisbury's Market at 2401 W.Turner Road on Oct. 15, 2011, according to a Lodi Police Department news release.

The Basutas and Singh turned themselves in to the San Joaquin County Superior Court on Wednesday, officials said. They are to appear in court June 12 to answer to charges that include insurance fraud, attempted grand theft and arson.

May 22, 2012
Two arrested after police pursuit, gunshots in Sacramento County

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A man and woman were taken into custody after gunshots were fired during a police pursuit this morning in Sacramento County.

The incident began about 8:10 a.m. in the Arden Arcade area when police tried to pull over the driver of a suspected stolen pickup.

Officers followed the suspects to a neighborhood near Howe Avenue and Highway 50 where gunshots rang out, although a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said that it was unclear if officers fired or if the suspects in the pickup fired a weapon. The spokeswoman also said the pickup came dangerously close to ramming officers.

Officers then chased the suspect vehicle to the South area. Near French and Gerber roads, the suspects in the pickup ran from officers.

Eventually, after nearly two hours of searching, both a man and a woman were taken into custody. Their names were not immediately available.

Photo caption:Sheriff's deputies and a K9 dog search fort suspects at the Cedarwood mobile home park on Gerber Road in Sacramento Tuesday morning. Photo by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

May 21, 2012
Elk Grove woman identified as car crash victim

A young woman who was killed Saturday when the automobile she was driving went off Power Inn Road and crashed into a utility pole has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office.

She was identified as Brianna Farrar, 22, of Elk Grove.

The California Highway Patrol reports that Farrar was headed south on Power Inn near Gerber Road at about 4:45 a.m., traveling at about 55-60 mph, when her car left the road for unknown reasons and crashed, said CHP Sgt. Sean Duryee.

Cellphone distraction may have been a factor in the crash, as there was a call taking place on the phone in the woman's car at the time of the accident, Duryee said.

May 17, 2012
UPDATE: Police search for suspect after teenager stabbed in Elk Grove

Elk Grove police police are searching for a teenage boy in connection with the stabbing another teenage youth this afternoon.

Police spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said police were called to Tares Circle, south of Whitelock Parkway, at 3:38 p.m. regarding an assault. They found a boy, 16 to 18 years old, with multiple stab wounds to his stomach and chest.

The youth was transported to a hospital. In a late afternoon update, Trim said the teenager's injuries were not life-threatening and were described as superficial..

May 14, 2012
Cameras on Sacramento probation cars pinpoint another stolen vehicle

Christoper Ramirez.JPGCameras on the cars of Sacramento County probation officers have snagged another stolen vehicle - this time a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Cameras on two probation department cars automatically focus on license plates of cars and trucks as officers go about their regular duties on the streets of Sacramento County. More than 3,000 license plates can be scanned in an hour.

Every so often they get a hit, matching a vehicle with cars and trucks on a statewide list of stolen vehicles. Since April 2010, the department has found 193 stolen vehicles using the plate-matching technology.

May 11, 2012
Judge tells carjack-murder suspect he might face death penalty

A judge told carjack murder suspect Ryan Allan Hays today that he faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted in Sunday night's shooting death of Joseph Oropesa.

Hays, 25, did not enter a plea after Judge Tami R. Bogert told him that he's facing a capital murder charge. The judge referred to the special-circumstance allegation that Hays shot and killed the 19-year-old Oropesa during the course of a robbery. Besides murder, Hays also is facing carjacking and robbery charges.

An estimated 15 supporters of Hays showed up for his Sacramento Superior Court arraignment today for the first reading of the charges against him.

May 10, 2012
Homicide suspect in Elk Grove teen's killing arrested overnight

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Police have arrested homicide suspect Ryan Allan Hays in Stanislaus County for the shooting of a teenager outside an Elk Grove record store Sunday night.

Hays, 25, was taken into custody at a rural residence in Stanislaus County by Elk Grove police officers about 9 p.m. Wednesday with help from the Sacramento County Regional Gang Task Force and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.

He was booked into Sacramento County Jail shortly before midnight on suspicion of homicide, robbery and carjacking.

He was wanted since Sunday for the shooting death of Joseph Oropesa, 19, who was shot in the head in an altercation outside of Dimple Records on Elk Grove-Florin Road.

Witnesses said Hays fled in a black Ford Explorer that he had taken from Oropesa. The SUV was recovered during the arrest.

The weapon used in the killing, however, was not recovered. The SUV will be thoroughly searched to see if the gun is hidden somewhere in the vehicle.

May 8, 2012
Elk Grove police seek help locating suspect in Sunday homicide

2008+Ryan+Hays.jpgRyan Hays hat 12-4503.jpgHays vehicle image008.jpgElk Grove police are asking for the public's help in locating 25-year-old Ryan Alan Hays (pictured), who is sought in connection with the shooting death Sunday of 19-year-old Joseph Oropesa.

Officers responded to the 9600 block of Elk Grove Florin Road Sunday evening regarding a disturbance in the parking lot. The caller reported hearing a gunshot and that someone was down in the parking lot.

When police and paramedics arrived, they found Oropesa had been shot in the head. He was transported to a local hospital but did not survive.

May 7, 2012
Man dies after shooting outside Elk Grove record store

Elk Grove police say a man has died after being shot in the head in an altercation outside of a record store Sunday night.

He was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's office this morning as Joseph Oropesa, 19, of Elk Grove Detectives have no motive for the shooting.

Officer Christopher Trim said police got word of a disturbance outside of Dimple Records in the 9600 block of Elk Grove-Florin Road at around 9:25 p.m. and minutes later received a report of shots being fired. Police arrived to find Oropesa down in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his head.

May 6, 2012
Police seek suspect in Elk Grove shooting

By Cynthia Hubert
chubert@sacbee.com

Elk Grove police are searching tonight for a suspect who fled after allegedly shooting a man in the head in an altercation outside of a record store.

Officer Christopher Trim said police got word of a disturbance outside of Dimple Records in the 9600 block of Elk Grove-Florin Road at around 9:25 p.m. and minutes later received a report of shots being fired. Police arrived to find a man down in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to his head.

Witnesses said the shooter fled in a black Ford Explorer with the license plate 3BHF649. Trim described the suspect as a white male, 25 to 30 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 250 pounds, wearing a black pea coat, black jeans and shoulder-length hair.

He said the shooting victim was taken to a local hospital, but his condition was uncertain late Sunday.

May 4, 2012
Burglar who posed as sewer worker draws 425-years-to-life sentence

A 50-year-old man who often posed a sewer worker while burglarizing homes was sentenced today to 425 years to life in prison.

A Sacramento County jury convicted Ceasar Fontillas of multiple counts of residential burglary, attempted burglary and one count of receiving stolen property. The court also found that Fontillas had previous convictions for residential burglary and arson, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. He was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.

From Sept. 14, 2009, to March 8, 2010, Fontillas prowled through neighborhoods in the Pocket and Elk Grove areas looking for homes to burglarize, officials said. Once he found a target house, Fontillas knocked on the front door to determine whether anyone was home. If no one answered after a few minutes, he forced the door open and ransacked the home, taking thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics.

May 4, 2012
Sacramento Sheriff: New gang task force has seized 112 guns, made 124 arrests

In a news conference this afternoon, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones formally introduced his new anti-gang "Impact Division," and announced preliminary results from the team's efforts.

impact guns 1.jpgSince the division began its work in January, gang detectives assigned to the division have seized more than 100 guns, some of which are pictured at left, and arrested nearly 125 suspects, Jones said.

In addition, deputies have seized 4.3 pounds of cocaine, 153 pounds of marijuana, 29 grams of heroin and almost a pound of methamphetamines, Jones said.

"Can I say we've beaten the gang problem? No," said Jones, flanked by commanders from partnering agencies. "We have a lot of work to do."

impact guns 3.jpgBut Jones said he has high expectations for the division and believes it is off to a strong start.

"Hopefully it gives people optimism we are taking the youth violence problem seriously," Jones said.

Last fall, the Sheriff's Department was awarded a $11.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's COPS Office. The money was to fund a collaborative anti-gang approach that Jones said he began crafting after he took office in 2010.

impact guns 2.jpgThe division is made up of 31 sheriff's employees and 10 officers from outside agencies. Those partnering with the Sheriff's Department are: Police departments from Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Galt; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Special Service Unit; Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and homeland security.

Jones also announced a new tipline for information about gang-related activity. The tipline is also designed for youths who want help getting out of the gang life, Jones said. That number is (855) 2NO-GANG, or (855) 266-4264.

"It's never too late to turn around," Jones said.

To those who have no interest in changing their habits, Jones had a message: "We will find you, we will identify you, and we will arrest you."

The division has a three-pronged approach: gang suppression, intelligence and youth outreach. To read more about the Impact division, go here.

Photos show some of the guns seized by members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Impact Division. Photo by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

May 4, 2012
Vigel, Bassett sentenced to life terms for Elk Grove murder

20120504_HA_SENTENCING0185B.jpgA Sacramento street gang member and his girlfriend were both sentenced to life terms without possibility of parole today for the shooting death of an innocent woman at a party in Elk Grove three years ago.

Raymond Thomas Vigel, now 23, and Tamara Nicole Bassett, 26, also were sentenced to three additional life terms for the attempted murder of three other party goers who were struck by gunfire in the shooting that took place around 1 a.m. on April 19, 2009.

Alison Joelle Freeseha, 25, the truck-driving mother of two small children, was killed when Vigel aimed and fired 10 shots into a garage on Paseo Del Sol Way.

May 3, 2012
Checkpoint, special patrols target impaired drivers in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Police Department announced that it will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and several special patrols this month as part of a program aimed at keeping impaired drivers off the road.

A sobriety/driver's license checkpoint is to be conducted from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 18 at an undisclosed location within the city limits. Roving DUI saturation patrols also will be deployed from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. every weekend in May.

Over the past three years, people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs have resulted in 78 crashes in Elk Grove, claiming the lives of eight people and injuring 110, according to a Police Department news release.

May 2, 2012
Grace period ends tonight for red-light violators at Elk Grove intersection

Elk Grove police advise motorists that the 30-day grace period for the the newly installed red-light camera at Elk Grove Florin Road and Bond Road will end at 11:59 tonight.

At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the camera will go "live" and citations, not warning notices, will be issued to drivers who are photographed by the red-light camera enforcement system.

For more information about the system, see the Elk Grove Police Department website, http://www.elkgrovepd.org/traffic/red-light-information.asp, or the Sacramento Superior Court website, http://www.saccourt.ca.gov/traffic/citations-red-light-camera.aspx.

May 1, 2012
Cops to be out in force on Cinco de Mayo to halt DUI

Saturation patrols on surface streets and Sacramento freeways are scheduled for Cinco de Mayo.

The deploying of saturation patrols to cut down on drunk driving begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Friends gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday with barbecues, beer and margaritas, but be careful after the party ends, warned law enforcement.

"Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the festivities begin," said Citrus Heights Police Chief Chris Boyd.

The greatest number of DUI deaths and injuries occur late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, according to a press release from the police department.

April 30, 2012
UPDATE: Police report missing Elk Grove teen found safe

Dupard+Orzelle.jpgElk Grove police say a 13-year-old boy reported missing earlier today has been found safe and returned to his home.

Orzelle Dupard (pictured) had been last seen at 8:14 a.m. today when he left his home in the 8200 block of Geneva Pointe Drive. He was considered to be at risk because of his age.

April 28, 2012
Unwanted prescription meds can be dropped off today

By Mark Glover

mglover@sacbee.com

Sacramento-area residents looking to dispose of unwanted and expired prescription medications can do so today at two sites overseen by authorities.

Both drop-off programs run through 2 p.m.

The Sacramento Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration officials will accept items at 5770 Freeport Blvd.

The DEA and the Elk Grove Police Department will do the same at the Elk Grove administration building, 8380 Laguna Palms Way.

The events are part of the National Take Back Initiative.

Call The Bee's Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

April 27, 2012
Two men arrested in August 2011 shooting at Woodland bar

Two men, one from Elk Grove and the other from Sacramento, have been arrested in connection with a shooting last August at a Woodland bar.

Woodland police, assisted by the Sacramento County Sheriff"s Department and Sacramento Police Department, served arrest and search warrants at two locations in Sacramento County early Thursday. Arrested were Marcus Blackmon, 34, of Elk Grove, and Jason Broadbent, 25, of Sacramento. Both wore booked in to Sacramento County Jail and are awaiting transfer to Yolo County on suspicion of attempted murder, according to a Woodland Police Department news release.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 28, 2011, Woodland police officers responded to a call of shots fired with two people wounded at Tony's Bar at 607 East St. in Woodland. The victims, a 41-year-old woman from Woodland and a 38-year-old man from Sacramento, were taken by ambulance to U.C. Davis Medical Center. The woman was treated for a single gunshot wound and the man, for multiple gunshot wounds, officials said.

Although multiple gunshots were fired during the incident, no other victims were located.

April 23, 2012
Three weeks later still no name for gunshot victim found near Wilton

The identity of a man whose body was found along a rural road three weeks ago continues to perplex Sacramento County investigators.

A woman who lives in the vicinity of Dillard and Riley roads in Wilton reported discovering the body about 1:30 a.m. April 2. The dead man was estimated to be in his 20s or 30s.

He may be either white or Hispanic, a sheriff's official said.

April 12, 2012
Conviction announced in 2008 Elk Grove carjacking, robbery

A 28-year-old man has been found guilty in the 2008 carjacking and robbery of an off-duty armored car transport employee in Elk Grove.

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that a jury convicted Richard Miller of carjacking, robbery, assault with a firearm, theft of a firearm and being a felon in unlawful possession of a firearm. The jury also found true the allegation of personal use of a firearm.

In December 2008, the victim had just gotten off work as an armored car transport employee when he drove to his girlfriend's Elk Grove apartment. After parking his car in the apartment complex parking lot, he was approached by Miller and two of Miller's friends, according to a District Attorney's Office news release. The two friends distracted the victim while Miller jumped into the victim's car.

April 10, 2012
Man with facial tattoo sought in Elk Grove UPS robbery

Picture 16a.JPGElk Grove police hope that a facial tattoo will help identify a robber who held up a UPS store.

An armed man with tattooed cursive writing under his right eye entered the United Parcel Service store at 4801 Laguna Boulevard about 6 p.m. Friday and confronted a driver. He then walked the driver behind the counter and ordered another employee to open the cash register.

The employee followed orders and the robber took cash. About then, another robber entered the store before both intruders fled toward Tegan Road.

April 2, 2012
UPDATE: Body recovered from river believed to be that of missing Elk Grove teenager

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

Shabnam+Ahmadyar.jpgElk Grove police reported this evening that they believe a body recovered from the Sacramento River this evening is that of 15-year-old Shabnam Ahmadyar.

Divers with the DART team undertook a search of the river near a dock in the 10900 block of River Road where investigators on Saturday found clothing belonging to the mentally ill teen.

Elk Grove Police Department spokesman Officer Christopher Trim said the body was found at 6:53 p.m. about 38 feet from the shoreline on the east side of the river, 15 feet from the dock and at a depth of between 20 and 30 feet.

April 2, 2012
Body found along rural road in south Sacramento County

A body of a young man was found along a country road this morning in southern Sacramento County.

A woman who lives in the vicinity of Dillard and Riley roads south of Elk Grove reported discovering the body about 1:30 a.m. The dead man was estimated to be in his 20s or 30s.

He may be either white or Hispanic, a sheriff's official said.

March 30, 2012
Police seek teenage girl reported mssing from Elk Grove home

Shabnam+Ahmadyar.jpgElk Grove police are asking for the community's help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl.

Shabnam Ahmadyar (pictured) has been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic and functions below her age level, according to a Police Department news release.

Ahmadyar walked away form her residence in the 4800 block of Chamberlain Circle about 4:30 this afternoon.

March 30, 2012
Sacramento homicide detectives take over search for missing child

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Homicide detectives have taken over the lead role in the investigation of missing 22-month-old Dwight Stallings.

However, Sacramento County sheriff's officials stressed that giving homicide detectives command of the search for the little Dwight, does not mean that it is a death investigation.

"Due to the unusual circumstances present in this case, the decision was made that homicide detectives would be better equipped to handle the investigation from this point forward," said a press release this morning from the department.

First order of business for homicide is a morning meeting with volunteers in the south area. The volunteers will help detectives hand out and post flyers with Dwight's picture and information about the case.